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Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure WorldA History of Parenting Culture 1920s to Present$
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Harry Hendrick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322559

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322559.001.0001

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Narcissistic Parenting in an Insecure World

Harry Hendrick

Policy Press

The chapter introduces the reader to the book's argument, themes, broader context, and methodological considerations. It discusses the central thesis, which is in two parts. First, between the 1920s and the late 1960s the culture of parenting progressed away from being characterized mainly by disciplinary attitudes towards one that was increasingly psychoanalytically informed and, particularly from the 1940s through to the early 1970s, also began to emphasize liberal social democratic ideals. Second, from the 1970s to the present, under the influence of neoliberalism, feminism, social liberation (permissiveness and identity politics), and structural economic/political reconfigurations, the social democratic ideal declined and popular child-rearing came to be represented by 'authoritative' ('tough love') parenting styles reflecting neoliberal and narcissistic values expressed through a form of adult-child relations governed by childism - 'a prejudice against children.’

Keywords:   narcissistic, authoritative, childism, social democratic, neoliberal, social liberation, psychoanalytic

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